Media Modeling: Setting an Example for our Teens
Isn't it assuring, in this age of menacing media, that V-chips and Internet filters can help us monitor our teens? Regrettably, we still lack mechanisms to help us set boundaries for ourselves.
A Parent's Role
Parents can play a key role in preventing eating disorders.
Drug-Proofing Your Home
If you are to reduce the likelihood of contact with drugs, you should take ongoing, deliberate and proactive steps.
Live and Let Live
When teens struggle with life and death, they need you to reach out and help them.
Taming the Internet
The ultimate weapon against Internet abuse is totally pulling its connection. That action is not as simple is you might think.
Although the following influences do not constitute a comprehensive list of contributing factors, they are often present in eating disorders.
Depression and Suicide
Teens suffering with depression need to be assessed for their risk of suicide. Pay particular attention to these risk factors.
God may be the only person who understands what you're going through.
Virginity's well and good," you say, "but not everyone has waited." What can be said to those who have already crossed the line?
The Perfect Family
In a world where even the best of families have problems, can there really be a "perfect family"?
The Symptoms of Depression
Most people associate depression with a feeling of gloom or sadness, but there is a much more important set of symptoms to keep in mind.
The Television Time Warp
If you've got more to do than you have hours in the day, it might be time to turn off the television.
Depression afflicts everyone at some point. Knowing what to expect can make it easier to address.
First Things First
If you are pregnant and unmarried, a teenager living at home or perhaps away at school, right now you are probably afraid. Don???t despair. Your future is changed, but not finished.
It's Up to You
Now there are two lives to consider. Sound scary? If you know the steps, you can make wise decisions.
What's Good About Sex?
Sex clubs, Internet porn, AIDS ... with so much perversion, it's easy to forget what God intended sex to be.
When She's Expecting
Your pregnant daughter needs you more than ever. Show her your love and support through this time of confusion and heartache.
While abortion seems like a "quick fix" for a long-term problem, it is a permanent decision that carries physical, emotional and spiritual risks.
Things Seen and Unseen
A woman in a white coat walked into the room and flipped on the fluorescent lights, jarring my wife awake. The jarring was just beginning.
What the Choice is All About
For a long time it baffled me. I could never understand why anyone would want to be pro-choice. But this past week I finally got it.
Beyond the Gateway
Teenagers who start with cigarettes and beer, often keep going. Here's a look at what lies beyond gateway drugs.
Dealing With Bad Behavior
What do you do when a child declares war on your family, the neighborhood or the entire civilized world?
When it comes to food and dieting, teens are imitating the stars all the way to illness.
No One's Immune
As the daughter of a Christian physician proves, eating disorders aren't always caused by obvious risk factors.
On Your Own
A lot changes after a divorce occur, most notably, the demands of parenting.
She Deserves Better
With so much pornography in our culture, girls need to be aware of the dangerous lies porn tells men about women.
Communication is an important part of keeping relationships strong. How do we get this loving message to our teen?
The Parent Trap
How can single parents keep their children from assuming adult roles?
The Power of the Media
It's hard to deny that music and visual images have tremendous sticking power. But do those lingering sensations really make a difference?
The Wounded Spirit
Bullying is not the harmless youthful activity some think it is. It inflicts psychological scars that can last a lifetime.
When Life Imitates Art
We need to be very careful about what we allow ourselves to watch and listen to. Examples of others who didn't make wise choices are numerous, and some of them are frightening.
Why Teens Have Sex
Oh, sure, it's a possibility, but despite what experts tell us, teen sex is not inevitable.
A Big Stink
Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome can occur the first time a user tries huffing or the 100th time he inhales. How do you talk to your middle schooler about the overwhelming dangers of sniffing vapors?
Try these techniques for not just listening to your children, but truly hearing what they have to say.
An Endless Debate
As your child moves into his teen years, "rules" should slowly give way to "advice."
If your teen is angry, getting to the root of the problem may enable the conversation to continue without it turning ugly.
Internet pornographers are working round the clock to get your kids hooked. You're going to have to put in a few hours yourself to combat their efforts.
Do What I Do
Children learn by watching us live our lives. It is all the more reason to live honorably.
With dozens of entertainment choices available for kids, parents need to establish a family standard.
How Tempting It Is
Giving your kids unrestricted access to the Internet is worse than you may know.